Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Adult volunteers play a central role in creating extraordinary educational experiences for Discovery Place visitors.

A variety of unique volunteer opportunities are available at our family of Museums. Each role is vital to our mission to inspire curious thinkers to discover the wonders of science, technology and nature.

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  • Adults
  • Offered Year Round

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

  • Discovery Place Science: Live Exhibitions

    Interested in animal care or aquatic science? Learn about the aquarium and rainforest as you provide valuable assistance to the Live Exhibitions staff. Volunteers help with food preparation, basic cleaning and care of animals and basic aquarium upkeep. Applicants for this position must be prepared to get wet and dirty! Positions are limited.

  • Discovery Place Science: Shows and Floor Programs

    Increase your knowledge of science and education while working closely with Museum professionals. Volunteers work with guests of all ages to interpret exhibitions and engage them in high-quality hands-on experiences, as well as present programs and demonstrations to the public. Public speaking/theatre experience is extremely helpful.

  • Discovery Place Science: Explore More Life lab

    Volunteers interact with Museum visitors, do research, assist in the development of lab activities, help with animal husbandry for our live care collections, monitor the Touch Tank and provide support and assistance with programs in the lab.

  • Discovery Place Science: Explore More Stuff lab

    Volunteers interact with visitors, engage in guided inquiry discussions, help maintain lab activities, perform general housekeeping duties such as washing lab equipment and taking inventory, engage children in presentations and assist in the development of lab activities. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to assist in teaching class sessions. An ideal candidate would be a self-starter, enjoy sharing their knowledge with guests of all backgrounds, have some computer programming experience (Arduino preferred) and enjoy independent research on an array of topics. Critical thinking skills are required.

  • Discovery Place Science: Explore More Me lab

    The Museum's new Explore More Me lab focuses on human health and biomedical sciences. Volunteers will interact with visitors, assist in guided inquiry discussion about current health-focused topics, help maintain and facilitate tabletop activities, perform general housekeeping duties to maintain the lab and assist in leading demonstrations for visitors and during class sessions. The ideal candidate will have a basic knowledge of biology and an eagerness to learn more about life sciences and current research in the field. Selected volunteers also wil help in the development of future programming in the lab. We will train volunteers on best practices, as well as on all applicable equipment.

  • Discovery Place Science: Thinker Space

    The Museum's new Thinker Space gives guests of all ages the opportunity to try a variety of tools, materials and creative techniques, from hammers, wrenches and sewing machines to coding and 3D printing. Volunteers do not need experience with these items, but should have a creative side to help guests design and build fantastic things. Experienced makers, woodworkers or crafters are welcome! Volunteers are needed for daily operational duties in the space as well as for workshops, classes and homeschool and outreach programs. We will train volunteers on best practices, as well as on all applicable equipment.

  • Discovery Place Science: Early Childhood

    Do you enjoy working with little ones? Early Childhood volunteers interact with families, engage in age-appropriate activities and help keep KidScience clean and safe for children from birth to 7 years old. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to present activities to children and families in KidScience. An ideal candidate would be a self-starter who enjoys working with small children and their caregivers.

  • Discovery Place Science: Collections

    The Collections Department seeks knowledgeable and detail-oriented volunteers interested in helping assist with the care and management of Discovery Place Collections. Duties and responsibilities may include assisting with the care, maintenance, conservation, research and documentation of collections objects as well as working on collections storage inventories and assisting with the preparation of collections objects for utilization in exhibits, Discovery Place programs and outreach.

  • Discovery Place Science: Featured Exhibitions

    Volunteers for featured exhibitions provide support inside the exhibition during its temporary stay at the Museum. Positions may include docent, program presenter, ticket taker and other general duties, depending on the specific needs of the exhibition.

  • Discovery Place Science: Special Events

    Volunteers are needed to work special events at the Museum such as Charlotte Mini Maker Faire, STEMlympics and Arthropod Day. Volunteers may assist with a variety of duties such as presenting program activities and helping with crowd control.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Floor Volunteer

    Volunteers on the Museum floor are responsible for greeting guests and providing assistance with directions and general Museum information. Duties also include some display cleaning, wiping down play areas, maintaining and organizing play areas, cleaning and changing water for the water table, etc.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Office Assistant

    Office volunteers are responsible for assisting Museum staff with a variety of activities and duties such as preparing craft materials, cutting out templates for activities, cleaning and organizing craft areas and storage bins areas, and using Word, Excel and other software to prepare program materials, activity guides, letters, mail outs, etc.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Program Presenters

    Volunteers interact with children, families and school groups as they present activities, programs and crafts. Activities may include puppet shows, story time, astronomy, nature walks, bird walks and assisting in the Naturalist Lab.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Animal Presenter

    Learn about all of the native animal species that live in our Museum and work closely with Naturalists to conduct live animal encounters and presentations for Museum visitors and groups.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Classroom Assistant

    Work closely with classroom presenters to prepare and implement program activities, monitor the classroom and assist with clean up afterward.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Planetarium Presenter

    Volunteers will usher visitors in and out of the planetarium 1-3 times per day (depending on the daily show schedule), take tickets and operate the planetarium system. For daily shows, this consists of turning the system on (a computer and projector system), playing pre-recorded shows and going over basic rules in the planetarium. Volunteers do not need to have a background in astronomy and will not be expected to have extensive knowledge in this subject, but should take an interest in the planetarium system and share their knowledge with the public. Ideally, volunteers will commit to a regular/predictable schedule and be open to learning more about astronomy and earth science. We will train volunteers on best practices, as well as on all applicable equipment.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Fort Wild Monitor

    Help monitor the safety of guests in Fort Wild, our outdoor play area. Volunteers provide assistance with directions, general Museum information and assistance with groups using the area. Includes walking and monitoring the Paw Paw Nature Trail.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Butterfly Pavilion Monitor

    Learn about butterfly life cycles, local butterfly species and more as you monitor Butterfly Pavilion for the safety of our guests and our butterflies. Volunteers are responsible for greeting guests and providing assistance with directions, general Museum information and groups moving through the Museum.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Animal Care

    Learn how to provide quality care for the native animals that live in our Museum. Volunteers assist with animal diet preparation, enclosure cleaning, water changes for aquatics and other duties as needed.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Outdoor Maintenance

    Love being outside? Volunteer are needed to assist with a variety of outdoor maintenance duties, including weed control, planting, maintaining bird feeders, spreading mulch, raking, pruning and clearing trails.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Butterfly Pavilion Gardening

    Put your green thumb to use by assisting with the care and maintenance of Butterfly Pavilion. Volunteers help with planting, clipping, irrigating, weeding, pruning, monitoring for disease and pest control.

  • Discovery Place Nature: Special Events

    Volunteers are needed to work special events at the Museum such as Farm Day, Groundhog Day and Membership events. Volunteers may assist with a variety of duties such as presenting program activities and helping with crowd control.

  • Discovery Place Kids: Floor Volunteer

    Volunteers interact with children, families and school groups as they present demonstrations, assist with public programs and crafts, greet guests and monitor exhibitions and activities to ensure the safety of our guests.

  • Discovery Place Kids: Special Events

    Volunteers are needed to work special events at the Museum such as Countdown to Kindergarten and Membership events. Volunteers may assist with a variety of duties such as presenting program activities and helping with crowd control.